Len Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-born billionaire with both U.S. and U.K. citizenship who contributed $383,000 to the RNC in April 2016 and $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund.
A portion of his contributions were later directed into Trump’s legal-defense fund. Blavatnik, who was born in Ukraine in 1957, was raised in Moscow and moved to the U.S. in 1978. His fortune traces to purchases made in the Russian aluminum and energy industries after the fall of the Soviet Union, and he previously served as director of Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers. Blavatnik, along with numerous other Russian oligarchs including Mikhail Fridman and Viktor Vekselberg, invested in the oil company partnership TNK-BP. Blavatnik and his fellow investors received billions after TNK-BP was eventually sold to Rosneft in 2013. Despite his connection to other high-profile oligarchs, Blavatnik’s lawyers have claimed that he has not had personal contact with Putin since 2000. Blavatnik currently owns the global record company Warner Music Group and has a history of contributing to political figures and campaigns, including Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney. (Photo credit: Jim Spellman / WireImage)